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Repairs continue as UW-P prepares for students

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's campus is dealing with an estimated $10 million worth of damage to the campus after an EF-2 tornado touched down there two months ago. The tornado damaged various areas of the campus including three residence halls, Pioneer Stadium and the school's 57-acre memorial park.

The damaged residence halls on the campus include Southwest Hall, Bridgeway Commons and Rountree Commons. Since June, crews have been working non-stop to make sure those residence halls will be ready for move-in day on August 29th.

"We've still got a few rooms here and there that need some spot fixing and that sort of thing. So not quite every room (is ready) yet, but by August 29th every room will be ready," said Laura Bayless, University of Wisconsin-Platteville Vice Chancellor for student affairs.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville's athletic director, Mark Molesworth, said significant work has also been done at the school's Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium. The stadium sustained major damage to its turf, bleachers, and lights after the tornado. Due to construction, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville soccer teams have had to move their first home games elsewhere. Molesworth said he expects all the work to be completed on the stadium for the school's football season in September.

University officials credit the construction companies and insurance companies working with the University in completing these projects in such a timely fashion.

"It's amazing to me to come here and look at the buildings and think about what I saw when I was on scene right after it happened. It's drastically different. You can still see a little bit of the construction happening, but to have all the windows back in, to have the roofs back on and water tight. It's amazing," Bayless said.

"Construction companies and even the insurance companies have really bent over backwards to help us and put us in a positive place, where we can be ready to go when our students come back. Ultimately, that's why we are here," Molesworth said.

Some students have already moved into some of the residence halls that are not damaged at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The official move-in day for the university is set for August 29th. Classes begin on September 2nd.

For more information about construction at the University click here.

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